We Real Cool by Gwendolyn BrooksWhile Im certainly not a poetry aficionado (or a fan of modern literature or American lit at that), I find this short poem by Gwendolyn Brooks both enjoyable and insightful. The rhythm she infuses in these right short lines makes the poem a fun read. Likewise, the poem itself is simple enough to understand, yet doesnt sacrifice any substance or meaning in that simplicity. This is a great read for any fan (or non-fan) of poetry.
**I appreciated the poem much better after hearing Brooks read the poem and explain it further in this short clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaVfL....**
Analysis of Poem "We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks
Andrew has a keen interest in all aspects of poetry and writes extensively on the subject. His poems are published online and in print. We Real Cool is a poem about the identity of a group of teenagers, black males, playing pool in the Golden Shovel. They are said to be black, like the poet Gwendolyn Brooks, but the poem could be about any group of rebellious youngsters anywhere, be they white or female. It was written in and first published in the volume The Bean Eaters. We Real Cool struck a chord and was instantly seen as a ground-breaking classic.
Brooks illustrates the lives of these teenagers using a variety of poetic devices and a unique form. The poem is quite short; only four stanzas, each being a two line couplet. Gwendolyn Brooks was born on June 7, in Topeka, Kansas. I am about to explain to you of how the author uses social issues through of the two poems I am referring to connect to her readers. I chose this poem because I could relate to the choice of words the author had chosen to use.
Neither moralizing nor maudlin, the pool players reflect on their situation but give no indication that they will change their behavior in any way. In this way, the poem is realistic and avoids a quick and easy fix. Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas, in Her father, David Anderson Brooks, the son of a runaway slave, was the only child of twelve. He wanted to be a doctor, but after a year of college, he was forced to become a janitor at a music publishing company because of money problems.
by Gwendolyn Brooks
Gwendolyn Brooks reads We Real Cool
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It is a constant in the poem until one gets to the final line. It could be one person among the group of players speaking for everyone else, an uninvolved onlooker projecting what he or she thinks onto the group, or every line might be spoken at the same time by all seven players. Before beginning this piece it is important for a reader to take note of the subtitle that appears before the text actually begins. It reads,. These two lines are straight forward, just like the rest of the poem.